2020 brought about a change in how we work, play, live and learn. It was also a year that the community in Singapore reconnected with nature and discovered the rich local heritage in our backyard. This has presented new opportunities for both individuals and corporates to be involved.
We would like to thank our partners for contributing generously to the preservation of our natural heritage. This enabled us to further our efforts in advancing Singapore’s City in Nature vision and encouraging greater ownership of our local flora and fauna.
The Gardening with Edibles initiative launched during the 2020 Circuit Breaker sparked widespread love for gardening and could not have taken root without co-funding from Tote Board and DBS Bank.
The Gallop Extension at the Singapore Botanic Gardens, which saw the opening of the COMO Adventure Grove, Forest Discovery Centre @ OCBC Arboretum and Botanical Art Gallery, was supported by generous donations from our partners. The new features help bring people closer to nature by inviting children to connect with nature through play, and all visitors to learn more about forest conservation, and developing a deeper appreciation of nature through art.
The Plant-A-Tree programme, a strong channel for community participation in the greening of Singapore and climate-change mitigation, has gained even greater momentum with the launch of the OneMillionTrees movement. To this end, I would like to acknowledge new and long-time partners that have supported tree planting. It is also heartening to note the key role Keppel Corporation played in being one of the first major donors to back the initiative, with their pledge of S$3 million to plant 10,000 trees over the next five years. We hope that other companies and individuals will be similarly encouraged to play active roles in restoring and conserving our natural heritage.
GCF’s scope has also been expanded to enable greater inclusivity of animals under our vision of a City in Nature. In line with this, the Wildlife and Animal Management and Outreach Fund has been set up to support responsible pet ownership and our fight against illegal wildlife trade.
Overall, the effort to sustain our City in Nature is only possible with the strong commitment and continued support from like-minded partners. Together, we seek to develop our natural heritage in a sustainable and inclusive manner for the benefit of our future generations.
Professor Leo Tan
Garden City Fund Chairman
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19 November 2002
Ernst & Young LLP
The Garden City Fund (GCF) is a registered charity and an Institution of Public Character (IPC), with its registered address at National Parks Board, Singapore Botanic Gardens, 1 Cluny Road, Singapore 259569.
It seeks to enhance the enjoyment of our City in Nature by working with corporations and individuals to support the development of amenities and special features in Singapore’s green spaces; community activities and programmes that promote and enhance nature and ecology, art and culture, landscape and horticulture, animal and greenery management, animal health and welfare, conservation; and citizen involvement to encourage greater ownership of our City in Nature.
The Board of NParks serves as the trustee of the GCF and has appointed the GCF Management Committee to plan, develop, promote and manage the GCF in accordance with its Trust Deed.
The GCF Management Committee comprises mainly non-executive members except for the GCF Secretary Dr Leong Chee Chiew, who is also the Executive Director, National Parks, Gardens & Nature Reserves and Commissioner of Parks & Recreation.
Between 1 April 2020 and 31 March 2021, the total amount of cash donation income through the GCF was about S$6.0 million.
The members of the 9th GCF Management Committee were appointed from 1 November 2018 to 31 October 2020 and the 10th GCF Management Committee were appointed from 1 November 2020 to 31 October 2022.
The 9th and 10th GCF Management Committee for the Year in Review
|Appointment||Name||Attendance at Management Committee Meeting|
|Chairman||Professor Leo Tan*||4/4|
|Treasurer||Mr Goh Kong Aik||4/4|
|Secretary||Dr Leong Chee Chiew*||4/4|
|Members||Mr Tan Khin Nguan*||3/3|
|Mrs Kirtida Mekani*||4/4|
|Mr Daren Shiau||4/4|
|Mr Cheng Hsing Yao||2/3|
|Mr Gerald Tan^||1/1|
|Mr Han Jok Kwang^||1/1|
* These members have continued to serve for more than 10 consecutive years. Their wealth of knowledge, services and expertise have guided the charity to reach out to corporates and individuals for funding support, and ensured sound governance of the charity. As professionals in their own right, they have also contributed to a balanced composition in the committee, with a diverse mix of backgrounds and experience to meet the growing needs of the charity.
^ Incoming members for the 10th Garden City Fund Management Committee.
As part of the GCF Accountability and Governance Framework, any member of the Board, Committee or Sub-committee has to give prior written disclosure of any actual or potential conflict of interest for any transaction or project in connection with the GCF, and will not be able to participate or cast a vote in the transaction/project.
Launched during the Circuit Breaker, Gardening with Edibles aimed to enable households to garden together and to bring nature into homes. This complemented Singapore Food Agency’s promotion of food resilience and its 30 by 30 goal to meet 30 percent of the country’s nutritional needs locally by 2030.
Under the initiative which was jointly funded by DBS and Tote Board, free packets of leafy and fruited vegetable seeds were distributed to interested members of the public together with online gardening resources to help them grow their own edibles at home. It aimed to strengthen a love for gardening and involve the public in various gardening platforms including the Community in Bloom programme.
New features were launched at the Gallop Extension of the Singapore Botanic Gardens to educate the public on the value of our forests. This included the opening of the Forest Discovery Centre @ OCBC Arboretum, which showcases the forest ecosystems in Singapore and highlights the importance of conserving them through a series of interpretive and interactive displays. The Forest Discovery Centre @ OCBC Arboretum is part of a S$4 million donation by OCBC Bank to transform Gallop House No. 5 (Atbara) into a knowledge centre for conservation, and will also host the Singapore Botanic Gardens’ Tropical Forest Ecology Research programme.
The Gardening with Edibles programme is part of a larger effort to build stronger social resilience and well-being among the population, and will help boost interest in both the young and old in community gardening.
Gallop House No. 5 (Atbara) was built in 1898. It now houses the Forest Discovery Centre @ OCBC Arboretum that showcases our forest ecosystems and highlights the importance of conserving them.
In March 2021, COMO Adventure Grove, located within the Singapore Botanic Gardens Gallop Extension, was opened to members of the public. The nature playgarden is inspired by the distinctive parts of trees found within the Gardens and is a modern interpretation of the timeless experience of climbing and playing in trees, allowing children to connect with nature through play and exploration.
A Wildlife and Animal Management and Outreach Fund was set up with the support of private donors including S$200,000 from the estate of the late Essery Gerald Stephen through Dr Tan Hwa Luck and S$20,000 from Mr Lim Chee Kiat. With animal wellness at its core, the programme aims to upscale the competencies and professionalism of veterinary and animal-related industries, and raise community awareness on responsible pet ownership along with the importance of adoption.
More than S$100,000 was raised through the Trees of the World 2020 initiative. In addition to the monetary contribution, the project also brought together individuals, corporations, embassies, schools, hospitals and non-profit organisations that decorated tropical trees at the Singapore Botanic Gardens to create a special display that shared season’s greetings, as well as a message of hope and inspiration with visitors. All funds raised from the event went to the Give to the Gardens programme, which supports the Gardens’ work as a leading botanical institution in Singapore.
Some S$63,000 was raised to help our native bees in a project, which involves up to 12 schools to improve conservation, research and outreach of solitary bees. The funds will go towards setting up resources to educate the public on the importance of bees, including their role as efficient plant pollinators that help with the natural regrowth of native plants.
The first community nursery was opened at Dairy Farm Nature Park with the support of HSBC, that donated S$160,000 for two such nurseries through GCF. At least 10 of these nurseries are expected to be established islandwide over the next three years. This will enable more partners to be involved in such projects and give members of the community an opportunity to be involved in the propagation and nurturing of saplings.
Another HSBC-backed initiative was Biodiversity Week for Schools, organised under the NParks Community in Nature initiative to commemorate International Day for Biological Diversity on 22 May. It comprises a series of activities for students to learn more about Singapore’s rich flora and fauna.
Corporate and community involvement in the OneMillionTrees movement continued to grow, with more companies coming on board the Plant-A-Tree (PAT) Programme.
Joining long-time supporters such as UPS Foundation Inc., Shimizu Corporation and Dymon Asia Capital, were new corporate partners including Broad Peak Investment Advisers, Southern Ridges Capital, Farrer Park Hospital, Applied Materials SEA, MetLife, EZ-Link and the Singapore Police Force, which celebrated 200 years of policing.
The PAT programme provides a platform for organisations and individuals to participate in the greening of Singapore by planting trees. Since the programme’s inception in 2007, over 40,700 trees have been pledged by more than 700 corporations and some 3,400 individuals.
Looking forward, the Garden City Fund pledges to continually engage its various stakeholders in the community, to support NParks’ conservation and research endeavours, as well as its outreach and educational programmes.
Its mission remains to nurture a love for nature, advocate a sense of ownership, and exhort the community to play an active part in preserving Singapore’s legacy as a City in Nature.
Visit www.gardencityfund.gov.sg for more information.
The Plant-A-Tree Programme continues to be a valuable touchpoint for organisations and individuals to plant trees and actively participate in the greening of our City in Nature.
Donations listed above are of a
minimum amount of $1,000.
We thank all other individuals and organisations who have given to the charity, including in-kind donations.